Strictly Come Dancing star Will Bayley has expressed his fear in tears for his sporting future after he left the show after a horrible knee injury earlier this week.
The Paralympic table tennis star, 31, who took part in the competition series with professional dancer Janette Manrara for six weeks, spoke to The Sun about his concerns for the upcoming Paralympics in Tokyo next summer.
He said: & # 39; If I have to miss Tokyo, that would be devastating. I am at the top of my career & # 39 ;, shortly before taking Judge Craig Revel Horwood out because he is dancing his & # 39; stiff & # 39; despite the fact that he mentioned & # 39; no ankles has & # 39;
Heartache: Strictly Come Dancing star Will Bayley has expressed his fear in tears for his sporting future after he left the show after a horrible knee injury earlier this week
Will had to withdraw from the competition after being unable to train due to a painful knee injury. He confirmed the devastating news on Wednesday's BBC sister show It Takes Two after tearing his ligament during last week's rehearsals.
While he talked to Zoe Ball about his departure, Will struggled to control his emotions while he burst into tears during the exit interview and his partner Janette vowed for turning him into a dancer.
During the emotional interview, Will admitted that he was & # 39; stripped & # 39; because he had withdrawn from the competition because of his injury, and added: & # 39; I just got stuck that we had such a good run and I thought it was great, it was all a bit. .. It was just shocking. & # 39;
Speaking now of his pain, he admitted that he lives in fear of his future in next year's Paralympics, he said: & If I have to miss Tokyo, it would be devastating. I'm at the top of my career …
Shock: The Paralympic table tennis player, 31, who took part in the competition series with professional dancer Janette Manrara for six weeks, spoke to The Sun about his concerns for the upcoming Paralympics in Tokyo next summer
& # 39; I played four major tournaments this season and won three gold medals. I am currently the best player in the world …
& # 39; So this is just scary to have this injury right now. It is just beginning to collapse. & # 39; I have an ACL tear so I have to wait six weeks and if it doesn't improve I may need surgery, which can take six months. I can not believe it. & # 39;
Will admits that the first thought he had when he fell was about the Paralympic Games – taking place from August 25 to September 6, 2020 – and he was & # 39; harassed & # 39; due to the injury.
He said: & # 39; I am so exhausted. I was just in total shock. It was a traumatic four days for me. & # 39; I knew I felt my knees popping and I was in agony …
Pained: He said: & # 39; If I have to miss Tokyo, that would be devastating. I am at the top of my career … I played four major tournaments this season and won three gold medals & # 39;
& # 39; I'm not going to lie, the second time I landed and felt it, I thought & # 39; Tokyo & # 39 ;, but I thought I would get some physio, let it rest for a day, and dance again next week.
& # 39; I can hurt, I've been in pain all my life, but I screamed in pain, and the next day I couldn't do anything, so alarm bells began to ring. & # 39;
Will – who has arthrogryposis in all four limbs, resulting in operations where his bones were broken and reset as a child – was pleased that the jury members & # 39; did not feel sorry for him & # 39; in the series.
Nevertheless, one of Craig Revel Horwood doubted & # 39; s comments about him that he & # 39; was too stiff & # 39; and argued that he cannot do much about it.
Pained: while announcing that he had left the show on Wednesday, Will was shown a highlight of his time dancing with Janette, struggling to control his emotions and burst into tears
He added: & Craig said things to me as if I needed to improve, and I should have, but he also said that I was too stiff. I mean, I have no idea how to do that – I don't have ankles, so of course I can't get up and fall. & # 39;
When he announced that he had left the show on Wednesday, Will was shown a highlight of his time with Janette, where he struggled to contain his emotions and burst into tears.
He said to Zoe: & # 39; It's really complicated that I didn't want it to end like this, even if we went out next week or whatever I didn't want it to end like this.
& # 39; I also had so many positive things I want to focus on, I never thought I could do half the things I owe Janette so much, I was really scared to embarrass myself, but she really believed me. & # 39;
Heartache: & # 39; I'm not going to lie, the second time I landed and felt it, I thought & # 39; Tokyo & # 39 ;, but I thought I would get some physio, let it rest for a day and dance again next week & # 39;
He and Janette agreed during the series and agreed that their contemporary performance is one they would never forget.
& # 39; The last one we did was so special, it was just amazing, I understood the dance and every step meant so much & # 39 ;, he said.
Janette added: & # 39; It's not how we wanted to end it, but we ended it at such a peak and that dance is the reason why I dance.
& # 39; We dance to touch people, inspire people to motivate others and Will is the pinnacle of that and his journey in the show shows that anything is possible and that is the message I think we should leave in this show. & # 39;
Tragically: Ahead of Will's It Takes Two appearance, strict bosses confirmed that he was forced to withdraw from the show
Will also insisted that his handicap had nothing to do with the injury and said to Zoe: “It's not because I have a handicap, it can happen to anyone, it's just bad luck.
&  [Janette] deserves so much praise for what she has done for me, it all boils down to Janette that she has performed miracles, she is not only dancing with someone who has never danced and believes in me while many people do not did. & # 39;
The pro then ended things by saying to her partner: & As I said, you have so much enthusiasm and determination in life, the things that you survived in our youth are in themselves proof of the kind of person that you are.
& # 39; Thank you for putting your heart and soul into every step and being one of the best partners I could have asked for in the show. & # 39;
After their appearance, Janette went to Twitter to share a sweet tribute to her famous partner, alongside a snap of the glitter-ball trophy they had received from a young patient when they visited the Great Ormond Street hospital.
Amazingly: the Paralympic star had a lot of praise for his professional partner Janette, flowing: & # 39; I was really scared to embarrass myself, but she really believed me & # 39;
Janette wrote: & # 39; I had to post this photo again, because it shows everything I feel now. @willbayleytt will always be my champion! He came to this show to share a very special message and every week because of his hard work and determination he did exactly that.
& # 39; In my eyes that is really winning! You have inspired so much & especially me! Thank you for being so incredible every week & giving you absolutely EVERYTHING! I am now sending all the positive energy away for a speedy recovery.
& # 39; And a big thank you to everyone who supported us and sent such beautiful messages! I love you Will, & forever and ever … #WeGotThisChamp. & # 39;